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13 Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder: Are You Bipolar?

Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder that affects many people every day. According to medical professionals, people who suffer from this mood disorder experience episodes of mania, often followed by episodes of depression and vice versa.

The most common symptom associated with bipolar disorder is sudden mood swings. Individuals who are bipolar will experience heightened euphoria and happiness followed by drastic depression and guilt. While mood swings are the most common symptom, they are not the only symptom. There are several other symptoms associated with this condition and many of them contradict each other. Essentially, there are two types of symptoms: manic symptoms and depressive symptoms. Each set of symptoms produce very different types of behavior and are often experienced back to back in a short period of time.

Below you will find a list of bipolar symptoms from various medical sources as well as the type (manic or depressive or both) associated with each:

1. Mood Swings

Type: Manic and Depressive

Mood swings are the most common symptom of bipolar disorder and are a combination of the manic and depressive symptoms. A mood swing is characterized by high levels of positivity followed by high levels of negativity and depression or vice versa.

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2. Euphoria 

Type: Manic

A manic episode will present symptoms of euphoria in patients. Sufferers experience a heightened level of happiness and a sense of accomplishment.

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3. Rapid Speech

Type: Manic

A good indication that someone is experiencing a manic episode is rapid speech. Patients will suddenly begin speaking extremely quickly for long periods of time.

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4. Racing Thoughts

Type: Manic

Racing thoughts are a common manic bipolar symptom. Individuals will often have a difficult time focusing on one thing and will tend to over-analyze their thoughts.

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5. Irritation

Type: Manic and Depressive

Irritation and agitation are common in both manic and depressive episodes. Sufferers are easily irritated by situations they normally wouldn’t be agitated with.

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6. Increased Physical Activity

Type: Manic

When a person is experiencing a manic episode they will often have extremely high levels of energy. To help relieve the energy, sufferers often turn to physical activity. If someone suddenly feels the need to exercise excessively to exert energy, it may be an indication of an underlying problem.

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7. Careless Use of Drugs/Alcohol

Type: Manic

Sometimes, people suffering from bipolar disorder will turn to drugs and alcohol. Careless use of these substances may be a warning sign of deeper issues.

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8. Decreased Need for Sleep

Type: Manic

As previously noted, manic episodes often involve large bursts of energy and euphoria. These symptoms can make it incredibly difficult to sleep. An individual experiencing this symptom may require less sleep, but won’t necessarily feel tired or exhausted.

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9. Missed Work 

Type: Manic and Depressive

A common symptom of bipolar disorder is the inability to maintain a schedule. For this reason, many bipolar sufferers will often miss work (or school or other commitments).

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10. Fatigue

Type: Depressive

Contrary to manic symptoms, individuals suffering from a depressive episode will often experience extreme tiredness and fatigue. Wanting to go to bed, staying in bed late, and an overall lack of motivation throughout the day are all signs of bipolar disorder.

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11. Chronic Pain with No Known Cause

Type: Depressive

Individuals experiencing other symptoms on the list, along with chronic pain with no known cause, may be suffering from bipolar disorder. This pain can present itself throughout many parts of the body including, but not limited to, severe headaches.

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12. Sadness/Hopelessness

Type: Depressive

One of the most telltale symptoms of a depressive episode associated with bipolar disorder is an overwhelming feeling of sadness and hopelessness. Individuals can fall into a state of depression and may have noticeably different symptoms than those related to a manic episode (where individuals experience a heightened sense of happiness and euphoria).

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13. Suicidal Thoughts

Type: Depressive

As noted in slide 12, individuals with bipolar disorder will often feel sad and depressed. In extreme cases, they may develop suicidal thoughts and act in a suicidal manner. If these symptoms present themselves, seek medical or professional attention immediately.

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Henry Sapiecha

 

 

 

 

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